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May 11, 2015

As IDAHOT approaches, Ugandan gay rights activist Tony Kitara reflects on the past, present and future of homophobia in his country

I am a gay man from an endemic homophobic nation - Uganda.

In order to 'fit' in society, I had to conceal my sexuality from a very young age. There's a lot of stigma in the general population, often characterised by familial rejection, violence, blackmail, mental torture, physical torture. Therefore, I work for the social justice and liberation of the LGBTI community in my country.

May 11, 2015

The Embarrassing Bodies star on his life in travel – from horseback riding in Costa Rica to a gay cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 plus his traumatic experience inside an African jail at age 19...

Where's the most random destination you've visited?
I've spent a lot of time in east Africa – it's incredible. You cross over the border from Kenya into Uganda and they're completely different countries; even the soil's a different color.

How did you feel as a gay traveler in those countries – did you feel safe?

April 20, 2015

If made legal, any group that 'engages in activity contrary to the people of Uganda' will be outlawed

The lives of Uganda's LGBTI people and their allies could be about to get that much harder if a proposed bill is made legal.

The suggested law would effectively make it illegal for LGBTI people to freely associate and to help others in the community.

It would allow lawmakers to ban any group or charity that is critical of the government or that 'engages in activity...which is contrary to the dignity of the people of Uganda'.

Published last week, it is expected to be debated in parliament soon.

March 31, 2015

LGBTIs fleeing Uganda attacked and forced into sex work in world’s third largest refugee camp

Ugandan LGBTI asylum seekers are being stoned and poisoned in the world’s third largest refugee camp.

That’s the revelation in a new video about life in Kakuma camp in northern Kenya.

It has seen an influx of refugees fleeing Ugandan LGBTI hate and anti-gay legislation.

But life in the camp is often dangerous.

Jaw Desman fled his home after being exposed in the Ugandan press as a homosexual and having neighbors ‘storm’ his home.

March 31, 2015

LGBTIs fleeing Uganda attacked and forced into sex work in world’s third largest refugee camp

Ugandan LGBTI asylum seekers are being stoned and poisoned in the world’s third largest refugee camp.

That’s the revelation in a new video about life in Kakuma camp in northern Kenya.

It has seen an influx of refugees fleeing Ugandan LGBTI hate and anti-gay legislation.

But life in the camp is often dangerous.

Jaw Desman fled his home after being exposed in the Ugandan press as a homosexual and having neighbors ‘storm’ his home.

March 20, 2015

Money not well spent

Uganda has spent over 600 million shillings on PR trying to deal with the backlash over the anti-gay law.

In an attempt to clear the country's image after legalizing the Anti-Homosexuality Act, they spent 614 million Ugandan shillings ($208,000, €195,000).

Aston Kajara, the State Minister for Finance in charge of privatization, said Uganda needed some good publicity in the US congressional caucus after the president's visit.

'When the president [Yoweri Museveni] came back he told us that even at the hotel they had booked for him had to be changed.

March 20, 2015

Money not well spent

Uganda has spent over 600 million shillings on PR trying to deal with the backlash over the anti-gay law.

In an attempt to clear the country's image after legalizing the Anti-Homosexuality Act, they spent 614 million Ugandan shillings ($208,000, €195,000).

Aston Kajara, the State Minister for Finance in charge of privatization, said Uganda needed some good publicity in the US congressional caucus after the president's visit.

'When the president [Yoweri Museveni] came back he told us that even at the hotel they had booked for him had to be changed.

March 17, 2015

LGBTI activist says the cause is deforestation, not homosexuality

A prominent Muslim cleric has blamed the prolonged drought in Uganda on moral decay, such as homosexuality.

Speaking Monday (16 March) at Kibuli Mosque in the Kadhi district of Kampala, Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa told the faithful they must repent for their sins if the country was to see rain.

'Rain belongs to God,' he said. 'So as believers, we pray that God releases rain. But we have also to repent our sins.' 

March 17, 2015

LGBTI activist says the cause is deforestation, not homosexuality

A prominent Muslim cleric has blamed the prolonged drought in Uganda on moral decay, such as homosexuality.

Speaking Monday (16 March) at Kibuli Mosque in the Kadhi district of Kampala, Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa told the faithful they must repent for their sins if the country was to see rain.

'Rain belongs to God,' he said. 'So as believers, we pray that God releases rain. But we have also to repent our sins.' 

March 11, 2015

Country’s leading gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, reveals his strategy

LGBTI people in Uganda live with the threat of even more draconian legislation hanging over them. But there is hope.

Under a proposed new law, which is yet to be debated in parliament, even someone sending a text message mentioning homosexuality could be criminalized. Landlords would be punished for renting homes or offices to gay people – effectively making all gay people homeless.

But it is not only the haters who can strategize.

March 11, 2015

Country’s leading gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, reveals his strategy

LGBTI people in Uganda live with the threat of even more draconian legislation hanging over them. But there is hope.

Under a proposed new law, which is yet to be debated in parliament, even someone sending a text message mentioning homosexuality could be criminalized. Landlords would be punished for renting homes or offices to gay people – effectively making all gay people homeless.

But it is not only the haters who can strategize.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

February 13, 2015

Local authorities in Munich refused refugees asylum because 'Uganda's government does enough to protect gays'

German local authorities refused two gay refugees asylum because they consider Uganda a safe place to live for LGBTI people.

Kyabangi and Sekulima (their last names have been omitted for their safety) fled Uganda because they were threatened and fell victim to homophobic attacks.

They met in a detention centre in Munich in 2011 and became close friends, and are now fighting together to stay safe.

February 13, 2015

Local authorities in Munich refused refugees asylum because 'Uganda's government does enough to protect gays'

German local authorities refused two gay refugees asylum because they consider Uganda a safe place to live for LGBTI people.

Kyabangi and Sekulima (their last names have been omitted for their safety) fled Uganda because they were threatened and fell victim to homophobic attacks.

They met in a detention centre in Munich in 2011 and became close friends, and are now fighting together to stay safe.

December 30, 2014

One of our 'honorees,' the Rev. James David Manning, explains why he's certain Starbucks puts male semen in its drinks

It's been a rough year for people who obsess over gay families and couples.

Especially those who profess love for a deity and disgust at everything L,G,B,T,and I.

Their poster boy was called home, RIP Mr Fred Phelps, and the marriage revolution made their arguments punier with each passing day.

Instead of coming up with better ideas, many took steps beyond the real.

December 25, 2014

Looming new threat for Uganda’s LGBTIs

A new anti-gay bill will be top of the agenda in Uganda’s churches this Christmas as politicians return home to celebrate the holidays.

But it won’t just be a time for friends and families for members of the Ugandan parliament. They will also be starting an election campaign.

The party primaries to choose the next leader of Uganda are early next year and campaigning is already under way even though the final vote is not until 2016.

December 25, 2014

Looming new threat for Uganda’s LGBTIs

A new anti-gay bill will be top of the agenda in Uganda’s churches this Christmas as politicians return home to celebrate the holidays.

But it won’t just be a time for friends and families for members of the Ugandan parliament. They will also be starting an election campaign.

The party primaries to choose the next leader of Uganda are early next year and campaigning is already under way even though the final vote is not until 2016.

December 24, 2014

German site throws the book at Yoweri Museveni

A German dating site has given a book on homosexuality in animals to the notoriously anti-gay Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for Christmas.

Biological Exuberance – Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity was written by the Canadian biologist Bruce Bagemihl and documents homosexual behavior in more than 450 animal species.

Gleichklang.de sent a copy to both the presidential office in the capital Kampala and the Ugandan embassy in Berlin.

December 24, 2014

German site throws the book at Yoweri Museveni

A German dating site has given a book on homosexuality in animals to the notoriously anti-gay Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for Christmas.

Biological Exuberance – Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity was written by the Canadian biologist Bruce Bagemihl and documents homosexual behavior in more than 450 animal species.

Gleichklang.de sent a copy to both the presidential office in the capital Kampala and the Ugandan embassy in Berlin.

December 23, 2014

'Local media has contributed largely to violence against LGBTI Ugandans'

Ugandan's LGBTI community yesterday (22 December) launched a free gay magazine in response to the notoriously anti-gay local media.

Bombastic magazine – 'a compilation of stories, testimonies and opinions by LGBTI Ugandans' – is the symbol of the Reclaiming the Media Campaign launched by the Kuchu Times online platform for LGBTI issues in Africa.

December 23, 2014

'Local media has contributed largely to violence against LGBTI Ugandans'

Ugandan's LGBTI community yesterday (22 December) launched a free gay magazine in response to the notoriously anti-gay local media.

Bombastic magazine – 'a compilation of stories, testimonies and opinions by LGBTI Ugandans' – is the symbol of the Reclaiming the Media Campaign launched by the Kuchu Times online platform for LGBTI issues in Africa.

December 19, 2014

A 23-year-old woman no longer 'fears death' after being given reprieve from deportation

A Ugandan lesbian who was tortured to 'cure' her will not be deported from the UK - for now.

Judith Twikirize, 23, is walking free after a sudden decision to release her from Yarl's Wood detention centre last night (18 December).

While she has not been granted asylum, the UK government has agreed to look at new evidence before they make their next decision.

Twikirize has told GSN she feels like the 'fear of death' is no longer on her back.

December 19, 2014

A 23-year-old woman no longer 'fears death' after being given reprieve from deportation

A Ugandan lesbian who was tortured to 'cure' her will not be deported from the UK - for now.

Judith Twikirize, 23, is walking free after a sudden decision to release her from Yarl's Wood detention centre last night (18 December).

While she has not been granted asylum, the UK government has agreed to look at new evidence before they make their next decision.

Twikirize has told GSN she feels like the 'fear of death' is no longer on her back.

December 11, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, is pleading with the world to help send messages of hope to persecuted LGBTIs

Gay Ugandans are being promised a gift this Christmas, and it is definitely worse than coal.

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Ugandan parliament, has promised once again to wrap up a legislation so horrific that it'll give the population of what is essentially a license to persecute, discriminate, torture, engage in mob violence and worse of all kill LGBTIs with impunity.

With the Anti-Homosexuality Act dead, lawmakers are hoping to pass the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill before the end of this year.